The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center recently celebrated its 35th and 10th anniversaries.
 
 

The NSVRC marked the occasion with an open house that highlighted milestones in the organization’s existence—such as the declaration of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in 2001, publishing of ‘The Spectrum of Prevention: Toward a Community Solution to Sexual Violence’ with Prevention Institute in 2006 and the completion of the SART toolkit in 2008.
 
 

By Rachel B. Duke

 

The decision by Swiss authorities Monday not to extradite Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski over his rape of a 13-year-old girl provoked anger and disappointment in the U.S., though Washington made no retaliation threats.

 

Conservative critics saw the release as the latest example of European "sophistication" about sex and/or Hollywood rallying around one of its own, while some feminist and anti-rape groups saw sexist excuse-making and coddling of the rich and famous.

 

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld announced the creation of a new hotline for victims and survivors of rape and sexual assault.

 

The hotline is meant to connect with services and report past incidents or mistreatment that may have occurred while reporting a sexual assault crime. The number to call is 443-279-0379.

 

(Chicago) - The vast majority of DNA evidence collected from rape victims in Illinois cannot be confirmed as tested, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today and based on data collected across the state. 

 

A new law signed by Governor Pat Quinn this week makes Illinois the first state to require law enforcement officials to track and send this evidence to labs for DNA testing and could make Illinois a nationwide model, but the lack of funding for testing remains a source of concern.

 

Women and girls in Nairobi’s slums live under the constant threat of sexual violence, leaving them often too scared to leave their houses to use communal toilet and bathroom facilities, Amnesty International said in a report released on Wednesday.

 

From the NYCity Alliance Against Sexual Assault Blog

Outpouring of support
June 30, 2010, 5:15 pm — Saskia

By Tim McGlone

 

Thirty-five inmates at a Virginia prison, fed up with rape and sodomy at the institution, have filed federal lawsuits seeking an end to prison violence.

 

The lawsuits come at the same time a group of prisoner advocates are demanding that the U.S. attorney general implement regulations, ordered by Congress, to eliminate sexual attacks in prisons.

 

Pennsylvania's Megan's Law website, which lists registered sex offenders and where they live, received a C- grade in a report issued today by the state auditor general.

 

(CNN) -- A raid at the headquarters of the Catholic Church in Belgium by police investigating child abuse was "deplorable," Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday.

 

The pope expressed his "closeness and solidarity in this moment of sadness, in which, with certain surprising and deplorable methods, the searches were carried out" in a letter to the head of the Belgian Bishops Conference, Andre Joseph Leonard.

 

Police were searching for documents related to allegations of child abuse, a spokesman for the Brussels prosecutor said Thursday.

 

(NOTE: This article contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.)

 

(Arbil) - A significant number of girls and women in Iraqi Kurdistan suffer female genital mutilation (FGM) and its destructive after-effects, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report. The Kurdistan Regional Government should take immediate action to end FGM and develop a long term plan for its eradication, including passing a law to ban the practice, Human Rights Watch said.

 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News From the Field